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JUDGES' BIOGRAPHY

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JingCi Liu, Piano Solo and Piano Chamber

Hailing from Tianjin, China, JingCi Liu is a pianist whose musical journey has been adorned with accolades and accomplishments. Ms. Liu has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the 2022 Fryderyk Chopin Society of CT, 2020- 2023 UConn Piano Day Master Class and Concert Series, curated by Dr. Angelina Gadeliya at the University of Connecticut. She has been invited to the stages Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Steinway Hall, The Frick Collection, National Opera Center, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, the German Consulate General in New York, the Bohemian National Hall, the Metropolitan Club, House of Redeemer in New York City and many others. Her two appearances at Carnegie Hall in the summer of 2023 have been highlighted by receiving the Grand Prize of International competition and honoring the Global Outstanding Chinese Musian Award. She continues to return to the stage of the Young Musician Forum in Schenectady and Classical Music at the American Yacht Club in New York. 

 

Ms. Liu holds both a Professional Studies Diploma and a Master of Music Degree from the Mannes School of Music of The New School, where she was under the guidance of Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic. Upon her graduation from Mannes, she received the Steinway Award from the Piano Department and Steinway & Sons New York which is given to an outstanding pianist.

 

Currently pursuing a DMA degree and serving as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Connecticut, she continues to shine through her performances, competitions, and roles, including her involvement as a jury member in the Music Star Award International Music Competition in Europe. As a GOCAA artist and organizer of the Global Outstanding Chinese Artist Association Solo Recitals series in New York. Ms. Liu has been appointed as one of the guest artists and youth piano juries at the 1st Manhaville International Piano Competition and Festival in New York. Her first solo album features seven female composers through the last two centuries, which includes many important and rarely heard works from Marianna von Martinez, Cecile Chaminade, Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Lili/Nadia Boulanger, and Caroline Shaw. Currently, Ms. Liu serves as the Artist Director of Binhai International Piano Arts Center in Tianjin, China.

 

Wenting Yu, Piano Solo 

GOCAA Artist-in-Residence and KNS Recording Artist, Mr. Wenting Yu, a distinguished pianist, is celebrated globally for his remarkable contributions to classical music. As a passionate soloist, chamber
musician, and educator, Yu has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the GOCAA Global Outstanding Chinese Musician Award. He is the laureate of the Concert Artist International Piano Competition, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival Competition in New York City, the WPTA Finland International Piano Competition for Solo and Piano Duo Divisions, and the GOCAA International Piano Competition,etc.Currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rutgers  University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Mr.Yu studies under Prof. Vladimir Valjarevic, earning a full scholarship and a doctoral teaching assistantship. In 2019, he graduated with a Master of Music Degree from Mannes School of Music of The New School, where he studied with Prof. Pavlina Dokovska and received the coveted Steinway & Sons Award for his exceptional artistry.

His talent has graced renowned stages worldwide, including performances with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra,McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Mannes String Quartet, China Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic, solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, culture institutes, and multiple international consulates. He has also performed in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln
Center, at the Aspen Music Festival, and on New York's WQXR radio.Mr.Yu was one of eight pianists chosen globally for the Ecole d'Art Americaines de Fontainebleau in France, where he made his European solo and chamber music debuts. During his time there, he was honored with the "Ravel Prize" by the Maurice Ravel Foundation and the exclusive "Robert Casadesus Grand Award" from Fontainebleau
Associations.Notably, Mr. Yu is on the brink of releasing his inaugural CD album, a project commissioned by the Fontainebleau Associations and set to be launched by the distinguished classical music label, KNS Classical. This album explores the golden age of the French School in Western Music History, featuring masterpieces by Robert Casadesus, Couperin, Rameau, Faure, Debussy.

Mr. Yu also offered a successful pedagogical lecture——The Art of Collaboration: On Teaching and Practice of Piano Duet at the “Online International Piano Pedagogy Symposium” of the 2020 Italian Conero International Music Festival in early August, 2020. Wenting Yu also offered an online pedagogical lecture via Livestream in the summer of 2021, “Aria On The Keyboard —— On Playing of Legato & Cantabile” which organized and invited by the International Piano Professional Association (IPPA). At the meantime, Wenting Yu has become the featured artist of the 1st Manhaville International Music Festival and served as one of the Jury members of the 1st Manhaville International Piano Competition (European – American Division) along with distinguished faculties from Mannes School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. In addition, Mr. Yu has served annually as the judge of European Music & Stars Awards International Music Competition since 2020 and is currently serving as the Artist in Residence and regional co-executive director which appointed by the Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association (GOCAA) in 2022, etc.GOCAA Artist-in-Residence and KNS Recording Artist, Mr. Wenting Yu, a distinguished pianist, is celebrated globally for his remarkable contributions to classical music. As a passionate soloist, chamber
musician, and educator, Yu has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the GOCAA Global Outstanding Chinese Musician Award. He is the laureate of the Concert Artist International Piano Competition, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival Competition in New York City, the WPTA Finland International Piano Competition for Solo and Piano Duo Divisions, and the GOCAA International Piano Competition,etc.Currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at Rutgers  University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Mr.Yu studies under Prof. Vladimir Valjarevic, earning a full scholarship and a doctoral teaching assistantship. In 2019, he graduated with a Master of Music Degree from Mannes School of Music of The New School, where he studied with Prof. Pavlina Dokovska and received the coveted Steinway & Sons Award for his exceptional artistry.

His talent has graced renowned stages worldwide, including performances with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra,McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, Mannes String Quartet, China Symphony Orchestra, Xiamen Philharmonic, solo and chamber concerts at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, culture institutes, and multiple international consulates. He has also performed in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln
Center, at the Aspen Music Festival, and on New York's WQXR radio.Mr.Yu was one of eight pianists chosen globally for the Ecole d'Art Americaines de Fontainebleau in France, where he made his European solo and chamber music debuts. During his time there, he was honored with the "Ravel Prize" by the Maurice Ravel Foundation and the exclusive "Robert Casadesus Grand Award" from Fontainebleau
Associations.Notably, Mr. Yu is on the brink of releasing his inaugural CD album, a project commissioned by the Fontainebleau Associations and set to be launched by the distinguished classical music label, KNS Classical. This album explores the golden age of the French School in Western Music History, featuring masterpieces by Robert Casadesus, Couperin, Rameau, Faure, Debussy.

Mr. Yu also offered a successful pedagogical lecture——The Art of Collaboration: On Teaching and Practice of Piano Duet at the “Online International Piano Pedagogy Symposium” of the 2020 Italian Conero International Music Festival in early August, 2020. Wenting Yu also offered an online pedagogical lecture via Livestream in the summer of 2021, “Aria On The Keyboard —— On Playing of Legato & Cantabile” which organized and invited by the International Piano Professional Association (IPPA). At the meantime, Wenting Yu has become the featured artist of the 1st Manhaville International Music Festival and served as one of the Jury members of the 1st Manhaville International Piano Competition (European – American Division) along with distinguished faculties from Mannes School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. In addition, Mr. Yu has served annually as the judge of European Music & Stars Awards International Music Competition since 2020 and is currently serving as the Artist in Residence and regional co-executive director which appointed by the Global Outstanding Chinese Artists Association (GOCAA) in 2022, etc.

 

Junghee Son, Piano Solo and Piano Concerto

Junghee Son is currently pursuing her D.M.A. in piano pedagogy at The Catholic University of America. She received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music therapy from Colorado State University and has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from South Korea. Junghee also received a Kodaly level 1 certification, Suzuki book 1 certification, and Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) teaching intermediate piano certification. She has performed as a solo pianist and duo pianist on recital programs in South Korea and the United States. 

 

She has taught private and group piano lessons for over 20 years. Her students participate in piano guild, local and state competitions, and examinations, such as RCM, having received various awards and honors. Based on her music therapy background, she has developed strategies for teaching piano to students with special needs. She holds current a faculty position at the Levine School of Music and teaches private piano lessons in the DMV area. 

 

Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, String Solo and Chamber 

Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer began her violin studies in Venezuela at age 7 studying with Ismenia Molina at the Aragua Symphony Foundation. As a teen she studied at the Academia Latinoamericana de Violin with Jose Francisco del Castillo and Sergio Celis. While in Venezuela she also studied with a number of additional noted teachers including Maestro William Naranjo, Luis Miguel Gonzalez and Pablo Vazquez.

In 2001 she moved to the United States to study at Shenandoah Conservatory under Marc Ramirez and Akemi Takayama. She completed an MA in Violin Performance, Artist's Diplomas in Violin and String Quartet Studies. She finished her studies at Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), where she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Jody Gatwood in Violin Performance with a specialization in Latin American music. She has taken master classes with leading figures such as Midori, Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist John O'Conor. 

Dr. Serrano-Coyer has performed in numerous festivals including Union de las Artes (Guama, Venezuela), Curso de Violin (Tabay, Venezuela), Festival Internacional de Música Bariloche (Argentina), Las Vegas Music Festival, Idyllwild Music Festival (under the baton of Larry Livingston), the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado), and the Castleton Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. In 2007. 

Her new album, Sonatas Venezolanas, released 29 September 2023, features world premier recordings of two sonatas composed by historically and culturally significant mid 20th century Venezuelan composers, Angel Sauce and Nelly Mele Lara.

Dr. Serrano is currently an adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College in Maryland.

 

 

 

Jiyoon Oh, Woodwind/Brass and Chamber

Oboist Jiyoon Oh earned a Bachelor of Music from The Korea National University of Art in South Korea. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to Cologne, Germany to attend the University of Music where she earned her Diploma degree and a Diploma of Orchestral soloist. She also completed a Chamber Music performance program from the University of Music in Mannheim.
Ms. Oh has performed as a soloist, symphony orchestra musician, and chamber musician in Europe, Asia and North America. She has served as the principal oboe of Washington Chamber Orchestra, Bayerische Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonic Orchestra, the Solo Cor-Anglais of Sinfonie Orchestra Aachen, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Orchestra in Ludwigshafen and Korea Symphony Orchestra.
A dedicated chamber musician, she was a member of Villa Musica (Mainz, Germany). With this ensemble, she performed throughout Europe and China. She was also a member and founder of ‘Floeno Trio’ (Flute, oboe and piano) in Germany.
She has received honors including The Corrin Prize at Barbirolli International Oboe Competition in Britain, First Prize at L’Estro Armonico International Competition in Italy, First Prize at Singapore Woodwind International Competition in Singapore, and Second Prize at Amici della Musica International Competition in Italy.
Ms. Oh is the principal oboe of The Wachington Chamber Orchestra and an Oboe Teaching Artist at Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Carolyn Hyun Ha Oh, Gospel Solo and Chamber

Praised for her “uniquely subtle gradation of tone,” Carolyn Hyun Ha Oh, former principal flutist of the Washington Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator in the Washington DC area. She received her degrees in flute performance from the Peabody Conservatory (BM), Indiana University (MM) and the Catholic University of America (DMA).  Her principal teachers include Vanita Jones, Thomas Robertello and Jacques Zoon, with additional coachings with the legendary Julius Baker, former principal flutist of the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist, she has toured the U.S., England and South Africa with the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

 

She has also appeared as a soloist with the Washington Symphony Orchestra, Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, Montgomery College Orchestra and the Southeastern Music Center Orchestra.  As an orchestral musician, she has played principal flute at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter, as well as with the Washington Summer Opera Orchestra and the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has also performed with the Chamber Orchestra of America, The Landon Symphonette and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at venues such as the Kennedy Center, George Mason Center for the Arts, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Strathmore.

A prize winner of the Flute Society of Washington’s Young Artist Competition, Dr. Oh was a recipient of several awards and prizes, including the 2 Yamaha Prizes at the Julius Baker International Master Classes. An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Oh’s playing is featured on the CD, “Chamber Music with Guitar,” with guitarist Phil Mathieu, which won the 2009 WAMMIE for best Classical recording. 

A passionate educator, Dr. Oh is an adjunct music professor of Montgomery College and has been a former faculty member of the Washington Adventist University. She also serves as director of the MCYO (Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras) Junior and Senior Flute Choirs and is an artistic advisor for YMIC (Young Musicians Inspiring Change). She serves as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions and maintains an active private studio. Her students regularly place in local and national competitions as well as winning positions in MCYO, PVYO, AYPO, All-County, All-State, All-Eastern, and All-National ensembles.

Carolyn is a founder and director of Concert Artists International, whose mission is to create world class performance opportunities for deserving musicians (www.concertartistsinternational.com).  She is currently enrolled in the “Transformational Teachers Training Program'' to better assist her students to realize their full potential.   

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